Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy Sukkot*

This week is the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. This is a Jewish holiday at harvest time, described in Exodus 23 and Leviticus 23. This is a more celebratory occasion after the somber and reflective Yom Kippur. Each family builds a Sukkah,** or booth, where they will eat meals and often sleep. These booths are reminiscent of the temporary shelters built by the Israelites during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness during the Exodus.***

*Could someone let me know the proper salutation for this festival?

**Yes, I know, this is MegaBlox and not LEGO. That's a little sacrilegious for a LEGO blog, but those giant MegaBlox are much easier to accumulate than the analogous Quatro bricks that LEGO used to make.

***Thanks to commenter Yewtree for the link!


  1. The proper greeting on Sukkot (as on most Jewish holidays) is "Chag Sameach", which essentially means "happy holiday." (Approximate IPA pronunciation is /χɒg sɒmeɪˈɒχ/.)

  2. Cool! I wish I could see how they handled the roof. And, I wish I had enough bricks (of any kind) to build one of my own.

    "Happy Sukkot" always works, but Alexis beat me to the punch with "Chag Sameach." Just be sure and clear your throat on the "ch." Technically, you can say the phrase for any of the three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.
    It's so neat that you wanted to know.

  3. -Thanks to both of you for filling me in on the proper holiday greeting.
    -It looks to me like there are just a few branches or something like that laid across the top.
    -About a month ago we went to a kids' party and they had these giant clone brand blocks. My son and I built a little castle big enough for him.